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This justifiably very popular film is a good example of the advantages of the BD option and can be confidently considered
on 28 September 2016
This 1989 film starring Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman is a gentle exploration of a developing relationship between the two main characters that started with mistrust and rejection and ends with close friendship and a reversal of roles.
Following a car accident at her own home, Miss Daisy's son arranges for her to have a permanent chauffeur. This is totally resisted by the wealthy Miss Daisy who is both highly independent and colour prejudiced. Her chauffeur is a man of considerable charm and patience, totally honest and reliable. Over the course of the film, which spans decades of social turmoil in the US, the nature of the relationship changes as it becomes evident that both are social outcasts and where both can gain mutual benefit from looking after each other. This is as far as one can go without being a 'spoiler.'
One cannot imaging the sensitive plot being handled with more sympathy or empathy than here and that is why the film has such a high reputation an considerable following. However, this review is not intended to discuss the actual film as by now it will have both its supporters and detractors. Entering into those conflicts is not the purpose of the review which is aimed squarely at the many supporters of this film.
Essentially, for all of those who are keen supporters of this film and who have bought the previous DVD version of this disc, the only issue of vital importance will be whether the Blu-ray offers an improvement technically sufficient to justify the additional expense.
For this reviewer the answer is a clear affirmative. The upgrade offers a clear advance on both image and audio quality with the imaging being a marked improvement. The colours are firmer and there is an increase to the perceived depth of the imaging. The whole film simply becomes more 'real.' The film, which is so concerned with close characterisation, benefits considerably from this enhancement of reality.
The degree of improvement experienced from this BD will also inevitably depend on the replay equipment used. The following technical information is intended to be a guide to aid in assessment.
The screen used for this review is only of moderate dimensions being a 40 inch television screen. However, the television is a high performing 4K unit which delivers a compensating positive effect. The moderate screen size lacks the impact of larger screens but is less critical of film faults.
However, the contributing player is, unusually, able to separate the audio and visual HDMI signals before they leave separately to the television and pre-amp. That feature enhances both the visual and audio elements of the output. The audio, not so critical in the case, delivers an unusually wide-ranging and revealing performance. Its precision is equally revealing of film scores.
Readers with alternative equipment will have to interpret this review bearing in mind their own equipment and its comparative advantages and disadvantages.
The disc offers purchasers with suitable replay equipment a substantial improvement over the previous DVD.
In summary this BD is a transfer from good quality 1989 film stock and has responded well to the upgrade and well worth considering. This justifiably very popular film is a good example of the advantages of the BD option and can be confidently considered for purchase.